Thursday, November 05, 2020

Thursday Poem - Sometimes I am Startled Out of Myself,

like this morning, when the wild geese came squawking,
flapping their rusty hinges, and something about their trek
across the sky made me think about my life, the places
of brokenness, the places of sorrow, the places where grief
has strung me out to dry. And then the geese come calling,
the leader falling back when tired, another taking her place.
Hope is borne on wings. Look at the trees. They turn to gold
for a brief while, then lose it all each November.
Through the cold months, they stand, take the worst
weather has to offer. And still, they put out shy green leaves
come April, come May. The geese glide over the cornfields,
land on the pond with its sedges and reeds.
You do not have to be wise. Even a goose knows how to find
shelter, where the corn still lies in the stubble and dried stalks.
All we do is pass through here, the best way we can.
They stitch up the sky, and it is whole again.

Barbara Crooker, from Radiance

3 comments:

littlemancat said...

That is just beautiful- your photo and the reading. Thank you.
Mary

Barbara R. said...

I've not been around to see geese flying this year, perhaps because the nearest lake got drained for repair work, so they may have gone to another one and not passed by my windows. Or I've been out myself... I love this poem, and your photo . Thanks.

Kiki said...

That’s the most beautiful ‘mariage’ of pic & poem I can imagine. And so deep. Made me tear up with its combined beauty and message. Something to take into my new day. Thank You.